"Goldfish Salvation" by Riusuke Fukahori. Pretty effing amazing.

When you’ve got over 1.5 million views on a video, you know the video is either bat-shit stupid or unbelievably amazing.

Thank God this one was the latter.

Introducing Riusuke Fukahori, a Japanese artist who is a 1995 graduate of Aichi Prefectual University of Fine Arts and Music that does some amazing three-dimensional goldfish artwork.

According to thisiscolossal.com:

Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori paints three-dimensional goldfish using a complex process of poured resin. The fish are painted meticulously, layer by layer, the sandwiched slices revealing slightly more about each creature, similar to the function of a 3D printer. I really enjoy the rich depth of the pieces and the optical illusion aspect, it’s such an odd process that results in something that’s both a painting and sculptural. Wonderful.

He also had a full exhibition at the ICN Gallery in London titled “Goldfish Salvation” that ran from December 1, 2011 to January 11, 2012.

Goldfish Salvation. In a sake box. Image from http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/01/riusuke-fukahori-paints-three-dimensional-goldfish-embedded-in-layers-of-resin/.

Here’s an excerpt from ICN’s official website describing the exhibition:

Artist Riusuke Fukahori’s London debut exhibition “Goldfish Salvation” transforms ICN gallery into the world of goldfish. When struggling with artistic vision, Fukahori’s pet goldfish became his inspiration and ever since his passion and lifelong theme. His unique style of painting uses acrylic on clear resin which is poured into containers, resulting in a three-dimensional appearance and lifelike vitality.

Over the years the goldfish breeding business has reached an extreme, perfecting goldfish in a variety of colours and shapes, they are admired as beautiful objects like ‘living sculptures’. Fukahori’s brush strokes capturing the liveliness, delicacy and dynamics of the goldfish and his sculpture works create an illusion by using resin to captive the painted surfaces creating a truly ‘living sculpture’.

Dude. This is some amazing goldfish art. There is no other way to say it.

Want to see some amazing stills?  Check out this Flickr page and be prepared to have your mind blown.

For more information Riusuke Fukahori and the Goldfish Salvation exhibition at the ICN Gallery in Londo, you can check out the official ICN Gallery site at http://www.icn-global.com/exhibition/2011/goldfish.html.


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